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Hustler vs Dynasty: Why Ruto has revived class politics amid court battles

President William Ruto addresses wananchi during the launch of the affordable housing project in Nanyuki town on January 10, 2024. He has renewed his ‘poor vs rich’ narrative.

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What you need to know:

  • Ruto had used the ‘hustler vs dynasty’ narrative to endear himself to voters during 2022 electoral campaign.
  • Ruto is blaming those he believes to be in privileged positions, mostly salaried workers, for frustrating his pet projects.
  • Critics of this narrative say it may work for the President in the short run in whipping up emotions of the majority power but in the long run, it has a potential of starting a class war.
  • Workers in Nairobi and other major towns can barely meet their daily needs as a result of high cost of living, coupled with additional statutory deductions.